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Stay In Touch Database


This essay does not describe an existing computer program, just one that should exist. This essay is about a suggested student project in Java programming. This essay gives a rough overview of how it might work. I have no source, object, specifications, file layouts or anything else useful to implementing this project. Everything I have prepared to help you is right here.

This project outline is not like the artificial, tidy little problems you are spoon-fed in school, when all the facts you need are included, nothing extraneous is mentioned, the answer is fully specified, along with hints to nudge you toward a single expected canonical solution. This project is much more like the real world of messy problems where it is up to you to fully the define the end point, or a series of ever more difficult versions of this project and research the information yourself to solve them.

Everything I have to say to help you with this project is written below. I am not prepared to help you implement it; or give you any additional materials. I have too many other projects of my own.

Though I am a programmer by profession, I don’t do people’s homework for them. That just robs them of an education.

You have my full permission to implement this project in any way you please and to keep all the profits from your endeavour.

Please do not email me about this project without reading the disclaimer above.

You might have one of these for your grad class so you can all stay in touch over the years. It is simply an online database where you can store such things as name, address, phone, email, website, photo then and now and public digital keys. You might also store free form text about family, spouse, job, what’s happening with you.

It might be public or only open to the participants. You can use the list for contacting for reunions or seeing who you know who might be involved in a business service you need.

It could have many uses, church and club registries, printing form snail letters, sending bulk email. The key is it can be updated or searched online by those registered. It would have very strong editing to ensure no invalid phone numbers, postal codes, state/provinces etc were entered.

Its main function is rounding everyone up for 10 year reunions. It has some status fields to help in that regard. Has the person been contacted? Are they coming? Who knows them who might be able to contact them? Who are they bringing? What food have they agreed to bring? Can they provide transportation? Do they need transportation?

People could provide information, but not make it generally public. You could send someone a short message even if they were unwilling to give out email or physical address.

I provide a service like this, all handled manually, for the Living Lovers of Planet earth, people who were involved with the teachings of the late Ken Keyes.

It would most likely be implemented either with Java Applets running JDBC (Java Data Base Connectivity), or Servlets talking to a Java-less browser.

I discovered one well done commercial application of this idea called GradFinder, now defunct.

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